Tag Archives: Event reviews

Social media is all about being social. Here’s how.

You know you should be on social media, but you’d rather do anything BUT social media. Good news. Sue Walker says listening, engaging with others and being human is more important than cranking out a daily status update. At a recent lunch & learn session, the social media strategist and founder of Soac Media shared […]

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4 prospecting strategies that beat cold calling

When I first went out on my own, I cold-called my way through a battered copy of The Canadian Writer’s Market. Although the effort eventually resulted in some freelance writing work, the experience was painful, as I recently recounted. The tactic is unlikely to lead to success these days. Who answers the phone any more? […]

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How my solo journey unfolded

People are interested in launching their own businesses, but a little nervous about it, too. That’s the not-so-surprising conclusion I took away from this week’s panel discussion about starting an independent business. We had a great turnout, lots of information from the panelists and a lively question-and-answer period at the end. A full report is […]

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How to earn trust in an untrusting world

Content may be king, but relationships are royalty, according to Dan Tisch, APR, of Argyle Public Relationships. In a talk at IABC/Toronto’s annual general meeting, Dan noted that public relations and communications people should let others focus on churning out content. What we should be doing is making sure the content we produce can build […]

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Podcasting: What communicators need to know in 2018

This American Life. Canadaland. CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. For Immediate Release (FIR). Reply All. WNYC Studios’ Death, Sex & Money. Members and friends of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators called out the podcasts they listen to – are maybe even addicted to – at a recent session. What is a podcast, anyway? Speaker Donna Papacosta said […]

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Creating a corporate video? Here’s how to crush it

Just the word “video” in email subject lines boosts open rates, Cyrus Mavalwala, ABC, told a group of professional communicators this week. Using video makes it 10 times more likely people will share or comment on your posts. Video increases the chances you’ll end up on page one of search results. Video can also substitute […]

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Gini Dietrich has a challenge for indie communicators

  Gini Dietrich knows about the highs and lows of small business, and persisting through them. During a recent webinar, the founder and CEO of PR firm Arment Dietrich walked members of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators through the story of her business, which went from winning awards and achieving 63% growth in 2007, to successive […]

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4 steps to boost your ranking with SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a fancy way of describing how to get you or your business in front of search engines like Google. The ideal is that someone searches for your name, of course, but SEO helps if the searcher doesn’t know you or have your name in mind. “Get into the head” of […]

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The ABCs of SEO (event recap in tweets)

(Updated April 30, 2018) If you run a small business, you want to be found for both your company name and the products or services you offer. At a meeting of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators this week, speaker Ray Litvak shared some tips for doing this. Several people were “live tweeting” the session, and I’ve […]

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How to write a great event recap

“Are you just a really amazing note-taker or great with shorthand to get the info you need?” That’s what a colleague asked me recently, wondering how I take down the notes I turn into event summaries (recaps). Shameless flattery accepted. I do often recap events for the associations I belong to, so people who weren’t […]

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